Abandoned Self Portrait by DariaGrippo

I am not crazy about how much weight I have gained… and how out of shape I am from breaking my foot. This was one of the last places I explored in my state before I broke my foot and I explored it on my birthday, in a wheelchair while my foot was in a cast. This place was a training school for mentally retarded children. The history of this place is so rich and I have a particular connection to it since I found out there was a deaf resident here (I am a Sign Language Interpreting major) Many deaf people were placed in these schools and basically abandoned by their parents and many times they were NOT mentally retarded at all. People were (and still are…) so ignorant to learning or understanding sign language and deafness these people REALLY did slip through the cracks and were forced to live with people who were either insane or mentally retarded.

I could have chosen a more flattering pose but my foot is still fractured so checking on each photo was not an option. I was also not doing it for beauty. I am not a model, I am not interested in being a model, I am strictly a photographer!

It serves as a reminder of where I’ve been…..as well as those who resided at this school who did not have a voice.

Taken with my Pentax K100D Super, Self timer but with my friend telling me if it “looks good” or not before I carefully made my way back to the camera!

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Featured in Model Beginnings 11/13/09


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Self Portrait May 2010

Reach Out April 2010

Falling Asleep On A Stranger… april 2010

Raw Emotion March 2010

Insanity March 2010

September 2009

Helpless April 2008

This was my fate, giving in to your lips, to your eyes March 2008

I would really love if you pulled this thread January 2008

Please also consider visiting my company’s website at www.fatamorganaphotography.com. You can always get in touch with me through email for any direct questions: Dariagrippo@gmail.com

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  • shannondonovan
    shannondonovanover 5 years ago

    Fantastic YOU!

  • MUSE  Photography
    MUSE Photographyover 5 years ago

    awesome shot! would like to see more of her

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 5 years ago

    Wow..I love the honesty of this capture..the background..the feet..the clothing…a poem of misunderstanding.

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    love this,,, fantastic image,, and I hope your foot heals soon,,, well done

  • Chris Baker
    Chris Bakerover 5 years ago

    Fabulous!! – perfectly composed and beautifully atmospheric :))

  • Deborah Glasgow
    Deborah Glasgowover 5 years ago

    CONGRATS on your feature. Trenchtownwork said it all. True, pure and honest.

  • trisha22
    trisha22over 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature. trisha

  • Honky
    Honkyover 5 years ago

    I dont have photography experience, but I have been in this space a couple of times myself. Loved the title.

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 5 years ago

    Nice composition, many congratulations on being featured.

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 5 years ago

    This is wonderful work- congratulations! (Get well soon I hope :)

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